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Even without a hit single, this 1975 LP struck a chord with its reflective, evocative songs-and became Buffett's first Top 40 album as a result. Key cuts: Migration; A Pirate Looks at Forty; Makin' Music for Money , and Life Is Just a Tire Swing .

Jimmy Buffett's albums are almost always happily hedonistic, but every now and then even he admits that there's hell to pay for all the high jinks. On A1A, an album named for the coastal highway that ends just blocks from the singer's onetime home in Key West, Florida, that realization comes in the form of "A Pirate Looks at Forty" and "Trying to Reason with the Hurricane Season," which acknowledge the onset of a king-size hangover. Buffett offers some hair of the dog on "Presents to Send You" and "Life Is Just a Tire Swing," however, and there's a nice selection of other tracks as well, including the lovely waltz "Nautical Wheelers" and "Door Number Three," a hilarious if somewhat dated song about the long-lost game show Let's Make a Deal. --Daniel Durchholz

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000002NYW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By David Hugaert on July 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"A1A" features some mighty fine classic Jimmy Buffett-styled songwriting with a little bit of that ol' Buffett humor interspersed throughout each and every track. A prime example is "Door Number Three" - a song about the long lost game show "Let's Make A Deal". Gee, I hope Monty Hall's all right, after Jimmy got through with him! Of the few less humorous songs on "A1A", "A Pirate Looks At Forty" is probably the most prospective, and is a companion song both musically and lyrically to "The Captain And The Kid, from "Havana Daydreamin'". "Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season" has its wonderfully tense moments, as the citizens of the island of Kaua'i have been in the same situation with Iniki in '92. With "A1A", Buffett still finds himself in his country phase, and the rest of the songs here are fine compositions as well. Pretty much from this point forward, Buffett would delve into more Caribbean influences in further developing his sound, which would net him a new "flock" of fans known as "ParrotHeads". If you're unable to make it down to Key West, just play "A1A" on your stereo, fill a "Tin Cup Chalice" with good red wine, or fire up some lime daiquiris in the ol' blender, whichever you prefer, chew on some honeysuckle, and you'll think you're in paradise, on the beach, away from your hectic and hurry world. With "A1A", you'll never have to worry about this "Buffett" filling you up. You can come back for more...and more... and more... Once you're in paradise, you'll never want to leave. Take that trip down "A1A" real soon! Can't you just feel the wind at your back, with the sun in your eyes?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "cued" on July 9, 2002
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I have bought (and subsequently lost, broke, or Lord knows what) many Buffett records, but the only one I keep in my collection through it all is this one. Here is Buffett the southern boy with a knack for country western songs who wandered too far south in Florida one day as a young man, discovered rum, sand, sun, boats, and women (in some mixed up order) and ...
Buffett has had some low points, some commercial points, some high points, but on this record we find Buffett the 20-something singer-songwriter at his best: one foot in Alabama, one foot on a caribean island... sometimes nostalgic, sometimes wild and crazy, but sincere through it all.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Withee on July 4, 2005
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I thought about the title of the review, because you could say the same for "Livin' & Dyin'," and "Changes in Latitudes.' In fact, I would say "Changes in Latitudes" was his most important work, but A-1-A really was the album that showed he was an exceptional talent. Or something like that. You couldn't quite figure out what his music was, exactly; you just knew it was damned good.

It's kind of ironic, too, because the opening cut on side one, "Making Music for Money," is kind of the antithesis of what he's become, musically speaking. But you can't blame a guy for giving the people -- er, ah, the "Parrotheads," that is -- what they want. What the hell, it's hard to duplicate your best work, just like it's hard to duplicate the best of anything you've ever done. We all chase that high, though, don't we?

In any case, this album has some of his best-ever tunes, such as "A Pirate Looks at Forty," "Migration," and "Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season." Side one has a bunch of sleepers on it that you never hear in concerts, but "Makin' Music for Money," "Dallas," and "Stories We Could Tell," are terrific, too.

There isn't a weak cut on the album, period. The musicians -- among them, Nashville studio vets Reggie Young (great guitar work -- check out the into to "Door Number Three"), Doyle Gresham (pedal steel -- the guy who really helped Jimmy make his signature sound), Tommy Cogbill and Sammy Creason -- and of course, Mr. Utley -- all make big contributions. And you've got to give major kudos to producer Don Gant, too, who seemed to be the man behind his great early stuff.

This album captures the basically unclassifiable aspect of Jimmy Buffett's music. Country? Rock? Who knew, but hey, it sounded good and that was the point.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis on May 5, 2000
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This is one of the best CDs I have ever listened to. It willalways make you feel good. Of course, it also makes you want to quityou job and move to an island stuck in the mid-70s. I always put this one in my carry-on when going on travel. It has been played many times in various far-from-home hotel rooms. My older brother turned me on to this CD when I was a senior in high school (1976). I knew a little bit of Jimmy from hearing Come Monday on the (AM) radio stations when it was a hit. My brother was living in Louisiana at the time and brought the cassette home at Christmas one year. He had seen Jimmy at some bars in Louisanna and Texas - back when he played small bars (and you didn't have to pay TicketScalper to see him). I loved the music and have ever since (despite some departures to other artists like Styx, Bob Segar, and the like). Every Jimmy fan should have this CD - it's also a great intro to Buffett for new listeners (although you younger folks will have to have your parents explain Door Number 3 to you until Let's Make a Deal is on the GameShow Network.) The last 6 songs (what we old guys call Side 2 of the album) are all outstanding. Also, this is the only CD with Door #3, Dallas, and Presents to Send You which make it a must have. This CD would be #1 on my list of "Five CDs to Have if you were on a Desert Island".
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